Share The CHALLENGES. Share The LOAD.
I trained with 'Supervision WA' in 2009 and have been supervising continuously since then. I tend to take an existential approach to Supervision, however, I appreciate, and I am open to the richness which comes from integrating different approaches. I frequently work with practitioners from different modalities and professions, who share common understandings of the human condition and issues clients may present.
There are four TYPES of SUPERVISION available, these include:
*Ongoing one to one and group supervision for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, pastoral carers, hospital staff and other various service personal
*Supervision ad hoc consultations for professionals -this is available online if needed
*Small group clinical supervision for PROFESSIONALS working in private practice, non-profit and other counselling agencies
*Small reflective supervision groups for supervisors working in private practice, non-profit and other counselling agencies
Individual Supervision could be seen as a collaboration, where we’re both in there, doing the work together. Your job might sometimes be to come prepared with your professional practice journal, or your own reflective notes. This might set the agenda for the session, guiding us with what feels most important to cover. My job might be to come prepared to hold the space where you can unpack whatever it is you want to explore or discuss. I tend to assist you with your agenda and keep us on track.
We might get through a lot of connected material and at other times we might park the bus and get down into something that might feel important for you to explore in more detail. There might be other times though where you could have very little or even a “blank” as to what to bring to the supervision. It’s at these times we might float, so to speak, in this blank supervision space and be pleasantly surprised with the insights that tend to emerge.
Therefore, some sessions we might have more of a plan and in others, there might be no plan. Lastly, there may even be times when it might feel like we had a plan that led us towards a different direction that was more valuable.
If you are interested in individual supervision, simply email to request an individual SUPERVISION CONTACT form. Then we can arrange our initial free consultation to discuss it further in more depth.
Here's a short video clip highlighting a conversation with Carl Rogers about the job of a psychotherapist.
In Existential supervision groups there are at times a chance for all supervisees to bring examples of how they are “being” with their clients. This might lead into the group raising certain questions, issues or concerns as a means to open a deeper discussion. When doing this, we might then consider different ways of looking at the material, different ways of understandings it and different ways of assisting you through it.
Overall, the group is a place to explore and reflect on material/situations at work you may be ‘holding on to’ and to release these with the support of the group. Struggling themes such as boredom, burnout, helplessness, anxiety, fear, confusion etc.. are just some of the themes that could be discussed within the group. There are no set agendas, only emotions, thoughts and concerns to bring which relate to yourself, clients or the organisation.
Below are some examples of 'reflective thought' questions that will maybe be explored in our individual or group supervision sessions:
- What made me respond that way to that particular question? What was behind it?
- What was I endeavouring to convey to the supervisee?
- Was I being judgemental by asking that question?
- Did the supervisee expected me to have all the answers?
- Why did I ask that question?
- Was I merely satisfying my own curiosity by asking that question? And why might this be?
- Why did I become so emotionally involved with the supervisee's client's story, (who felt so unloved,insecure...?
- Why did I want (or not want) to talk about the supervisee's client’s parent, husband, wife etc..?
- Why did I feel it necessary to give advice? Was it because I felt insecure?
- Who was I trying to reassure?
- Could it be I too felt unloved or something else?
- Could it be I over identified with the supervisee's client, or the husband/wife etc..
- Why did I talk so much this time round instead of letting go and letting the supervisee tell the story?
- Was it because I felt I had to impress the supervisee with my own knowledge?
- Why do I need to do this?
- What makes me think impressing the supervisee would make them return?
- Why does it upset me when the supervisee's appointments are broken?
- Why do I always look forward to the this particular supervisee coming?
- Why do none of my supervisees talk to me about a particular subject?
- Why do all of my supervisee always talk about a particular subject?
- Why do I always tread the supervisee coming?
- What is my part in all of this?
- Why am I so eager for the this supervisee to leave?
- Why am so reluctant to let the supervisee go when a good termination point has been reached?
- Why have I agreed so readily with the supervisee that it is right for them to leave/not leave?
- Am I using the supervisee for my own needs? Or am I letting the supervisee use me?
- What might I be getting out of this?